Monday, July 30, 2012

Book Review: ORACLE by J.C. Martin

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Title: Oracle
Author: J.C. Martin
Publisher: J Taylor Publishing (July 30, 2012)
Format: eBook ARC
Source: Publisher
Genre: Mystery/Thriller

Description: As the countdown begins, the body count rises.

With London gearing up to host the Olympics, the city doesn’t need a serial killer stalking the streets. They’ve got one anyway.

Leaving a trail of brutal and bizarre murders, the police are no closer to finding their latest murderer than Detective Inspector Kurt Lancer is in finding a solution for his daughter’s disability.

Thrust into the pressure cooker of a high profile case, the struggling single parent is wound tight as he tries to balance care of his own family with the safety of a growing population of potential next victims.

One of whom could be his own daughter.

Fingers point in every direction as the public relations nightmare grows, and Lancer’s only answer comes in the form of a single oak leaf left at each crime scene.

Review: J.C. Martin’s Oracle excites with a thrilling mystery revolving around Greek mythology and set against the backdrop of the 2012 Olympic Games in London.

Detective Inspector Kurt Lancer didn’t need another thing to go wrong with his life. His wife was murdered months ago, leaving Kurt in charge of raising his eight-year-old daughter. Juggling parental responsibilities and the police force may prove to be too much for Kurt when the newest serial killer threatens London. Kurt must discover who the killer is before he loses everything he cares about.

Oracle is a high intensity thriller. The characters come to life through their interactions and complex backstories weaved throughout the action. As a reader, I particularly had a fondness for Meghan, Kurt Lancer’s daughter, who was such a bright and daring eight year old. I loved the dual points of view between Kurt and the killer. The killer wasn’t just a villain in this novel, but a person to be understood, feared, and even pitied. Martin’s writing drew me further into the story, especially with her fantastic descriptions and humor/sarcasm in the right places. The pacing and plot are well-drawn out to increase the tension of the storyline. Although I picked the killer right away, I was glued to the page to find out what would happen next. Perhaps one of my favorite parts was how Martin weaved in Greek mythology, particularly that of Zeus, into the storyline. As a Classics major, that was a highlight to see how the myths played within the killings.

It didn’t take a prophecy for me to discover a love of Oracle by J.C. Martin. I highly recommend this complex and thrilling novel.

Five Bookworms = I loved it!